Sunday, 23 January 2011


It was the fourth birthday of this blog yesterday. There seems to be rather a lot of stuff being said about how the internet brings out the worst in people at the moment. I agree it can do, you have only to read some of the snarky comments on the Sartorialist to see that. But it can show, and bring out, the best in people too. So rather than write a gushing post about how great blogging is and how many wonderful friends I've made (lots!) since I started, I thought I'd share with you a couple of examples of the positive side of blogging and the internet as a whole.

The first, I discovered only on Thursday as a result of Meri's joy sharing. It is: The Rug Project and a joy indeed! A group of women in a small Mexican village are trying to save their way of life by brining the rugs they make to the attention of the wider world. Oh man, you should see them, here are a few of my favourites but there are tons more.

And better than just looking at them on a computer screen you can win one. If you click on the link above you will be able to see all the rugs and the women who make them, read the full story, and enter into a raffle. All you need do is send a US dollar. I have three, thanks to Bob, to send off first thing tomorrow.

The second: a young woman inspired to raise funds for the NSPCC has developed the 18before18 project. This is a set of eighteen challenges that she and a group of other seventeen year olds have set themselves before they turn 18. Click on the link to find out more, and read about the tasks they intend to perform. I've promised her a recipe for fried pig's ears for one challenge, which I must now look out.


Kathryn Magendie said...

What colorful glorious rugs!

A good morning to you on this cold but clear beautiful mountain day!

The Pollinatrix said...

What a lovely way to celebrate your blog's anniversary! Thanks for sharing these sites.

Kim Ayres said...

Happy Bloggiversary! Hope the next 4 years are even more fun than the last :)

angryparsnip said...

Happy Blog Anniversary...
Plus the chance to have fried pig ears with coffee Tasty !

What you can learn on the internet !

cheers, parsnip

savannah said...

happy 4th, sugar!

thanks for the links today. i'll check them after i finish. i am mid-point on my weekend quest thanks to our newest BFF, nigella! xoxoxoxo

nick said...

Indeed, the net is full of very positive initiatives, including the two excellent examples you mention (the rugs are amazing!). I particularly like the way I can tap into detailed information about other countries and cultures and lifestyles with the click of a mouse. No more poking around dusty shelves in the local library....

Happy 4th anniversary! My own is coming up shortly!

Elizabeth said...

I have facebooked and tweeted this super post

how up to the minute am I?!!!!

Mary Witzl said...

Fried pigs' ears? Well, why not, I suppose. (But I'm trying so hard not to be grossed out -- I hate feeling finicky!)

Happy fourth year. I'll never forget the fact that we live a virtual stone's throw from each other but met here in the blogosphere!

Eryl said...

Kat ~ glorious is the perfect word for them.

Polli ~ you're most welcome.

Kim ~ it's getting better all the time, so I think you'll get your hope.

Parsnip ~ the pig's ears could make quite good donut substitutes, I think, now you mention coffee.

Savannah ~ this sounds exciting, can't wait to hear all about it, XXXXX

Nick ~ it's like having access to the best library in the world with the most knowledgeable librarian. In fact all the libraries in the world with all the librarians.

Elizabeth ~ you are as up to the minute as it's possible to be. I ought to facebook and tweet it myself!

Mary ~ I have all sorts of odd recipes kicking about. Haven't actually tried frying a pig's ear, yet, so couldn't say what it's like.

Funny to think that although I can walk to your house in ten minutes I may never have met you if not for the blog. Bob enjoyed the Swedish Coffee/Spice cake, by the way.

Charlie said...

If I see a pig walking around with a hearing aid I'll know it's his ear you fried.

Yes. Well. Happy four years. There are a ton of good blogs—the snarks and sourpusses are merely rolling around in their own pig poo, to be avoided at all costs.

Titus said...

Happy Anniversary!
I wanna rug.

I've got so much from the internet I sometimes can't believe it. A great tool, yes, but perhaps most of all it really is a window onto things in this world I would never have encountered otherwise.

red-handed said...

Plus I met you.

Eryl said...

Charlie ~ thank you.

I feel sorry for the snarks, to get so het up about, say, the style of someone's shoes, or pant length, one must have a very empty life.

Titus ~ find a dollar and send it off for a chance to win. Or, if you're feeling flush find between 65 and 700 dollars and send them off for the rug of your choice.

I'm the same: I have been shown, and even found for myself, more about what the world has to offer sitting at this desk than I could have in five lifetimes of travelling.

Eryl said...

Red ~ to think, I would never have known about your book without the internet, let alone been able to buy a copy and curl up with it on a chilly evening.

The Unbearable Banishment said...

This blog was a very, very good find. Happy birthday to it. Four more of those, please!

SY said...

happy blog birthday!! Both blogs you profile here seem worth the visit... can't wait to check them out! thanks


- Sy

rebecca said...

from the campo...chickens under foot...burros, horses, pigs and children,these rugs have traveled far on a kind word from you!
thank you for sharing the work of these inspired women.
women who transform all spare moments by the work of their hands for brighter futures for their families.
thanks for spreading the word.

Mollie said...

I am very glad to have found your blog. I am honored to have you as a follower. Your posts make me want to make what you make...but I'm going to have to say no on the pig's ears. But I'll take pork rinds any day

63mago said...

Happy Fourth, magistra.

Eryl said...

UB ~ this blog is very grateful for your attention and hopes to go on until my fingers can no longer bend to the keys.

Sy ~ blogging rules!

Rebecca ~ as soon as I read your post on these women and their work I knew I had to tell everyone I know about them. I'd love to see their rugs, and ethos, reach these shores.

Mollie ~ pigs' ears are really handy envelope sized portions of pig rind.

Mago ~ thank you, kind sir.

Kass said...

Marvelous rugs!

Happy Blogiversary! So glad to have you in the blog world.

Pat said...

Congrats and long may you continue.
The rugs are glorious - so Mexican.
I've missed all the sniping - or perhaps it just goes over my head.

Mollie said...

I was meaning the kind found in a plastic bag on a Wal-Mart shelf. Please hug your sister for me...that would definitely be traumatic!

Golden West said...

Those rugs are wonderful - love all the colors!

Eryl said...

Kass ~ thank you, I'm very glad to be here.

Pat ~ there have been a couple of articles in the papers recently about how the cloak of anonymity is apt to make some people say really vile things in certain comment sections. On-line sports articles/sites are particularly vulnerable as are fashion websites. But if you read just about any newspaper story on-line that has a comments section there will always be a few toxic comments.

Mollie ~ now my sister has got over the initial horror she'll be looking forward to shopping for replacements, if I know her as well as I think.

Golden ~ anyone of them would look fabulous in your house, I'd say.

rochambeau said...

Great post Eryl! Adore the rugs and the women creating them with their hands!
Happy forth year. So glad we met!
Now off to check out 18 before 18.
Bonne chance with the pigs ear receipt.


Stocker said...

Happy birthday to your blog!
I feel so honoured to have been linked and for your support to the cause.
And your recipe has been a great help! Thank you so much!
I love your blog a lot and again a very happy bloggy birthday to you.

Eryl said...

Constance ~ I looked out the recipe last year when someone gave me a pig's head. But I was taken ill before I had a chance to snip off its ears, and that was that. The head ended up buried in the garden because the boys didn't know what to do with it and it began to smell! X

Stocker ~ you are welcome, and thank you for the bloggy birthday wishes, X

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